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Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Cisco Secure Email Cloud Gateway has allowed our users to be able to concentrate on the emails that they do receive. Previously, our users had to deal with nine million additional emails across the organization, which is nearly 1,000 emails per user to have to deal with a month. That's a massive amount for our staff to deal with and probably several hours of their time. We have a lot of clinical staff, being a hospital. We want to make our staff as productive as possible. By removing a lot of that spam and phishing type emails, this allows them to do their job.""It has an intuitive, clear graphical interface where you can deploy your policies and understand the overall flow. There are a lot of things that you cannot handle on the graphic interface, like message filters. For this, you need to go to a lower level where you have more power, like command line interface. So, this solution has the best of both worlds. There are not a lot of bells and whistles. It is more practical with access to most features that you can configure.""The added value of it is that every migration to a new version is initiated by the Cisco version itself, so that is a bunch of work that you don't have to do on the Cisco ESA system on-premise. As it becomes a safe platform, you don't need to invest anything in your own data center or in your upgrade path.""There is a huge return compared to if we didn't have a gateway appliance, as far as blocking malicious emails.""The filtering is definitely better at catching both spam and malicious messages, and there's a lot of extremely granular ability for setting up rules. You can do it the way you want to. The Microsoft solution tends to be pretty limited in how it allows some of that to be done.""I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks.""It is doing its work. It is doing what it was actually designed to do. It has ensured we don't have business email compromises, and it has also ensured that our brand Galaxy is unique all year round."

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"I like how versatile the options are. For example, we can set it where we are able to access and browse Facebook but we are denied the ability to post photos. There is also that ability integrate with Office 365 - SharePoint app.""It's easier to deploy than other options.""Unlike other competitors, it doesn't cause any performance issues.""This is a reasonably stable solution.""Using Forcepoint, we have created policies and rules for any suspicious mail. It is blocked and only released by an admin's approval.""It is good at data leakage prevention (DLP). You can create the data exfiltration profile while sending the emails, which is one of the key advantages of the solution.""The email and the web filter aspects of the solution are the most valuable features.""The most valuable features of Forcepoint Email Security are the integration with other solutions. It provides a more secure infrastructure and views for the customers from the DLP. You can work on URLs, files, and advanced inspections that will protect the customers."

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"Provides better control over emails, especially those sent via Office 365 on the cloud.""The solution offers very good flexibility. You can blacklist or whitelist with ease.""Proofpoint Email Protection is stable enough and does its job of virus, malware, and email scam detection. Setting it up is not too complicated.""The most valuable features are the business email compromise protection and targeted attack prevention.""It's detection of true positives are great, as it's cloud based it's very scalable and stable.""The most valuable feature of Proofpoint Email Protection is the dashboards and their visibility, easy configuration, and artificial intelligence. Additionally, the reports are very important and helpful.""They have customized security rules, mature rules, anti-virus protection, as well as email authentication similar to SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.""Its anti-phishing functionality is the most valuable. Certainly, the biggest problem I have is phishing."

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Cons
"I would like more functionality and how to use it for Level 2 type staff. The biggest issue is it needs to be easier to use and navigate.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""They can do it better with web links, with the URLs. They have a technology called Outbreak but it doesn't work as well as we would like.""I use the search all the time. Sometimes, it is hard to search for things and things are hard to find. People come to me all the time, saying, "This email didn't get through." Then, I go searching and don't find it on the first search. You have to think about alternative searches. I don't know if there is an easier way that they could help to find things. I don't know how they could simplify it, because now everybody else is using the cloud and everything is coming from Office 365, or whatever. It is just not the same environment from years ago where everybody had their own server and you could search easier.""We have Microsoft and we have the E5 licenses, they have more EDR responses on certain emails. That's something that Cisco ESA on the cloud doesn't have. They don't do anything about MITRE attacks. They only detect if there is a malicious email or a threat and they remove it.""The interface is dated. It has looked pretty much the same for 15 years or so. It would be helpful to be able to do everything from one spot. The centralized quarantine and reporting are completely separate from policy administration.""The Forged Email Detection feature needs improvement, particularly with domain. The sensors are not that good and the rules sets are unclear."

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"Forcepoint Email Security is stable, but it could be improved.""I would like for deployment to be simplified.""Technical support is lacking. It could be a lot better.""Customer support could be better.""The pricing could always be just a little bit better.""Forcepoint is the best for DLP, but it is not better than other solutions in terms of phishing emails or threat protections on the email. It has less visibility over there. They might need to enhance these components because other solutions, such as Cisco Email Security and IronPort, have more advanced features. Forcepoint should focus more on threats and spam. They have a small database for spam. They must increase their solution's capability from this perspective.""It's quite difficult to learn this solution, it's not an entry level product. If you are a skilled user you will think it's a very useful tool, but if you are not a skilled user, you'll think it is very difficult to learn.""This solution could be improved by providing further functionality to reduce or to block ransom attacks, cross-site scripting and man-in-the-middle attacks."

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"I would want better spear phishing protection in the essentials package.""It has too many screens. It is kind of a conglomeration of products. In other words, they built product A, product B, and product C, and they are yet to integrate them into a single administrative console. I would certainly like to see a more seamless administrative interface. I would also like to see them include more bang for the buck, by including features like email fraud protection, rather than making their product so piecemeal, where you are buying little pieces. I agree with the idea of having multiple tiers or layers, but maybe as small, medium, and large, as opposed to an a la carte menu.""The largest complaint that we hear from our customers is that there is no local support.""You only receive one model in Proofpoint Email Protection and the other ones you have to purchase at a high price. There should be more available with the solution and additional models should be less expensive.""Proofpoint Email Protection could improve on the training. Every organization is different and to fine-tune it to block everything properly there needs to be better training. Sometimes it can block some of the information it shouldn't.""Integration for reporting needs to be improved, it's too complex.""Proofpoint Email Protection could improve by reducing the price.""It's scalable, but the devil's in the details — you have to know your email volumes."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing was all transferred."
  • "Compared to Cisco's on-prem service, the cost is the same, but you don't have to pay for the hardware and you don't have to maintain the system, as far as upgrades and hardware failures are concerned. It is cheaper to operate on their cloud service than it is to operate with their on-prem service."
  • "Cisco Secure Email and the support are priced well. It's not cheap, but there are other solutions that offer less and cost so much. For example, Microsoft is more expensive than Cisco."
  • "There are additional fees for adding features."
  • "At times, we feel the pricing is a bit too high, but then, there is also room for discounts. We enjoy a lot of discounts, and that is why we are still with them. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "In my previous organization, avoiding four instances of CryptoLocker within an estimated six month period is approximately $600,000 in lost time and effort. Our five year cost was about a million dollars, and the four outages that we had equated to 65 percent of that five year cost."
  • "It is a super big router that costs a few hundred thousand dollars."
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  • "Its licensing is quite easy and straightforward. They have two or three suites, and the price is negotiable. It depends upon the size of the deal. They have multiple licenses. The standard is one, and then there are additional licenses that you can go for. There are three or four licensing models. You have the network suite, endpoint suite, email security, and the standard one."
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  • "Annually, it costs us about $92,000. This is pretty much what it costs us. There is no additional cost."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "Proofpoint is fairly expensive."
  • "The licensing is basically $8/user."
  • "It is multiple times more expensive, which made it very much less attractive."
  • "Pricing has recently been increased and the cost is a downside"
  • "The solution charges per user per month to use it. There are not any additional fees in addition to the standard living fees."
  • "Clients pay for an annual subscription of Proofpoint Email Protection. Every client always finds it expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It has an intuitive, clear graphical interface where you can deploy your policies and understand the overall flow. There… more »
    Top Answer:It is a super big router that costs a few hundred thousand dollars.
    Top Answer:You can consolidate on SMA if you want to spam or threats quarantined for multiple devices. It is not advisable for a… more »
    Top Answer:The email and the web filter aspects of the solution are the most valuable features.
    Top Answer:The solution is quite expensive. We pay on a yearly basis. I can't, however, speak to the exact costs. I don't have that… more »
    Top Answer:While improvement is always possible, I can't speak to exact features that need to be added. Technical support is… more »
    Top Answer:The Basic Email Coverage is pretty close to the same price as the Extended Email Security of other companies. To start… more »
    Top Answer:It was easier to use Microsoft than Proofpoint. We had some issues with their sales consultant. We got into a dispute… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
    Websense Email Security
    Proofpoint Enterprise Protection
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    Overview

    Customers of all sizes face the same daunting challenge: email is simultaneously the most important business communication tool and the leading attack vector for security breaches. Cisco Email Security enables users to communicate securely and helps organizations combat Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware, advanced malware, phishing, spam, and data loss with a multilayered approach to security.

    Forcepoint Email Security gives you the security you need by protecting you against multi-stage advanced threats that often exploit email to penetrate your IT environment. It applies real-time behavioral sandboxing, enterprise-grade DLP and other advanced defense technologies to identify targeted attacks, high-risk users and insider threats. Forcepoint Email Security monitors outbound email to prevent leaks of sensitive information, and it empowers your workers — in the office or on the road — to safely adopt technologies like Microsoft Office 365.

    Proofpoint Email Protection is a machine learning email gateway that catches both known and unknown threats. Through Target Attack Protection, emails will be analyzed and potentially blocked from advanced threats while users gain visibility around these threats. The technology can also classify various types of email and can be deployed both on premises or as a cloud service. In addition, users can tag suspicious emails to help raise user awareness and track down any email quickly.

    Proofpoint Email Protection offers Advanced BEC Defense, which can precisely detect and block different types of emails, even if they don’t involve a malicious payload, such as business email compromise (BEC). Email Protection, which is powered by NexusAI, is a sophisticated detection technique developed to stop a variety of kinds of email fraud from affecting compromised accounts. It’s specifically designed to analyze message components, such as the sender’s IP address (including reputation and x-originating IP), the message header, and the message body. Using machine learning and AI, it will then determine if that message is a BEC threat.

    Benefits of Proofpoint Email Protection

    Proofpoint Email Protection is a favorite for organizations looking to utilize their cybersecurity budget accurately, and provides the user with incredible visibility. While preventing email fraud, the technology can also detect and block advanced malware as well as identifying possible risks.

    Email Protection offers many benefits, including:

    • Email warning tag - Raise user awareness and reduce the risk of possible compromises by automatically tagging suspicious emails.

    • Gain granular control of unwanted email - Gain control over low-priority emails through granular email filtering, which can pinpoint gray mail, like newsletters and bulk mail.

    • Multi-layered detection - Defend against continuous evolving threats with reputation and content analysis. Email Protection offers a dynamic classification of various emails, including malware, spam, phishing, imposter threats, and bulk email.

    • Smart search - Track down an email based on dozens of search criteria in seconds. Smart search also provides the ability to trace where emails came from.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Proofpoint Email Protection enables business continuity capabilities through their machine learning, AI-powered email gateway. With its innovative approach toward detecting, analyzing, identifying, and blocking advanced threats, users can gain unique visibility into their business data environments. Users especially like the ability to block spam, as well as the business email compromise protection.

    An anonymous reviewer who is a principal consultant at a tech company, notes, "Proofpoint is the main tool for blocking spam because it denies the connection altogether."

    Sridhar R., a security professional at Qatar Computer Services WLL, writes, "The most valuable features are the business email compromise protection and targeted attack prevention."

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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    Alphawest, Amadori, AudioNova, Betsson, Confartigianato Vicenza, Davies Turner, iGATE, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Landa Digital Printing, Northern California Bank, Scavolini, Toyota
    Blocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, Westinghouse
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Media Company5%
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    University20%
    Retailer20%
    Consumer Goods Company20%
    Construction Company10%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Forcepoint Email Security is ranked 15th in Email Security with 8 reviews while Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 1st in Email Security with 18 reviews. Forcepoint Email Security is rated 7.8, while Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Forcepoint Email Security writes "Provides visibility into what's going on and reduces spam, but there should be more focus on threats, spam, and support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Flexible, very secure, and offers excellent technical support". Forcepoint Email Security is most compared with Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Fortinet FortiMail, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Symantec Messaging Gateway and FireEye Email Security, whereas Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Fortinet FortiMail and Barracuda Sentinel. See our Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection report.

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